Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell are back together, although the previous “Bachelor” lead is leery about placing it on the market — even when his Season 25 winner is much less so.
“They are back together, but Matt is hesitant to publicly and outrightly confirm it right now because it’s still fresh and they still have issues to work through,” a supply tells Page Six completely. “Rachael already confronted scrutiny for her previous, and now all eyes have shifted to Matt, so he’s feeling stress to set a superb instance for different black males.
“He’s aware that people are not going to be happy that he jumped back into a relationship with Rachael so soon,” the supply provides. “So while he is happy to have her in his life again, he is not ready to scream it from the rooftops yet.”
Kirkconnell confirmed in a WSJ Magazine profile on James printed Wednesday that the pair are back on, whereas he merely informed the publication the 2 are “trying to make it work.”
Rumors swirled in April that James, 29, and Kirkconnell, 24, had been back together after a fan claimed to have seen them out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“Bachelor” spoiler king Reality Steve then fueled speculation by tweeting that the couple had been “not over,” and a supply later informed Page Six that Kirkconnell had visited James’ condo throughout a visit to New York.
In his WSJ profile, James addressed his mental-health journey following his controversial tenure on the ABC actuality relationship collection, telling the magazine, “I have spoken to therapists — I wouldn’t say I have a specific therapist. As you talk about things, that’s when the healing can start.”
And whereas he didn’t wish to converse for Kirkconnell, he added that the pair’s current progress has included the power to “have critical conversations about being in this relationship and what I need in a partner — especially if that woman isn’t black — to understand what comes with me and my life and being black.”
“It’s on people who care about being allies to do the work to be truly antiracist,” James stated. “And I think it’s unfair to leave people without the ability to unlearn and be better.”
He additionally revealed that he didn’t sleep with any of his season’s contestants throughout the present’s infamous “fantasy suite” nights, as a substitute utilizing the time to speak with Kirkconnell, Michelle Young and Bri Springs.
“I can’t speak for anybody but myself, but I think the women appreciated it,” James defined. “Because I did learn things about them … that they might not have been comfortable talking about on camera.”
Elsewhere within the profile, there are bits about James’ enterprise pursuits — the hydroponics firm Lettuce Grow, NFTs — his friendship with Tyler Cameron, and the way the present ended up resulting in a reconciliation together with his father.
“After the show, I reached out to my Pops, and we talk on a regular basis now. He’s taken steps to make amends with the rest of the family and be a better dad to his kids.”
The first black “Bachelor” in franchise historical past, James’ gave his final rose to graphic designer Kirkconnell, although they didn’t get engaged. Leading as much as the season finale, allegations of Kirkconnell’s racially insensitive behavior on social media surfaced together with photos of her at an antebellum-themed party in school.
The pair revealed on the “After the Final Rose” particular that they’d break up whereas the present was airing.
All informed, James stated within the WSJ profile, “I know there was a lot of controversy, but there were a lot of things to celebrate.”